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4 Truths About Water and Sanitation

Lisa Schechtman | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Lisa Schechtman

Right now, one-third of the world's population lives without a decent toilet. One in ten people doesn't have access to safe drinking water. Without these, even basic handwashing can be beyond reach.

The Road to Health Goes Through the Toilet

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Sanjay Wijesekera

In many countries, open defecation is a hidden problem. Hidden among the poor, in rural areas, or remote villages. But it should not be hidden away from public discourse.

Urban Sanitation Critical as Indian Cities Expand

Skoll Foundation | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

Due to open defecation millions of Indians are prone to ill health, threats to their safety, reduced productivity and lower earning potential, resulting in a deepening cycle of poverty -- all for want of basic sanitation facilities.

The Value of a Toilet: Landlords See Benefit of Upgrading Latrines in Kenya

Skoll Foundation | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

By Wanjiku Njenga, Communications Officer, WSUP Kenya What is the value of a toilet? "Boma ni choo - a toilet defines a homestead!" says Nduta, 30,...

Here's The Real Reason Women's Bathroom Lines Are So Long (NEW BOOK)

Lee Jackson | Posted 11.24.2014 | Books
Lee Jackson

Where did strangers answer the "call of nature" in Victorian London? At the start of Victoria's reign, options were limited. Some pubs had primitive outdoor "urinals" -- no more than a vertical slab of stone -- but men largely resorted to the nearest alley.

India's Sanitation Crisis

Anoop Jain | Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact
Anoop Jain

I struggle with the fact that some of my best friends in the world are forced to defecate outside. They belong to the latest generation of poverty-stricken Indians, enduring the indignity of not having a toilet. My friends represent just a handful of the 650 million Indians living without toilets.

Bathrooms: A Necessity Denied to Too Many

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

November 19th is World Toilet Day, a day to raise awareness about the 2.5 billion people who do not have access to improved sanitation. Unfortunately it is a bit of a broken record to talk about the 21,000 children that die around the world each day, as shocking as it is.

Help, My Phone Drowned!

Myra Demeter | Posted 11.07.2014 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

Plop! It finally happened. My iPhone fell in the toilet. My husband has warned me many times about keeping my cell phone in my pants' back pocket and I continued to do so. It has fallen on the floor around the bowl too many times to count, but never before did I make the "bulls eye shot."

Well Isn't This Just The Smartest Toilet Seat Ever

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 11.06.2014 | HuffPost Home

The key to making your bathroom smell better? Turns out it only takes two D batteries and a "smart" toilet seat. Those who frequently purchase bat...

Toilets Have the Whole World Talking

Sarina Prabasi | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Sarina Prabasi

People are beginning to realize that toilets and sanitation are critical to making sure that we protect hard-won gains and keep up the momentum in all of the more traditionally attractive areas of development.

What American Environmentalists Can Learn From Prime Minister Modi

Carl Pope | Posted 12.03.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rock-star love-fest with the American Indian diaspora at Madison Square Garden last week was hardly a policy address -- Modi's theme was India's potential greatness and his vision of how to enable it.

Narendra Modi: From Tea Seller to Prime Minister

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

As a Muslim woman born and raised in India, Modi as prime minister presents a dream and a conundrum.

Bathroom Break: India's Sanitation Crisis Is Trapping Women in a Cycle of Violence

Anushay Hossain | Posted 11.09.2014 | World
Anushay Hossain

Roughly 53 percent of Indian households, still use public streets and fields as bathrooms. And it's the women of India who are paying the highest price.

Toilets Could Protect Women In India From Getting Raped

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 09.03.2014 | Impact

A reeling Indian village where two teen cousins were brutally gang raped and hanged may be able to sleep more soundly now that new toilets have been i...

5 Fast Ways to Prevent Plumbing Nightmares

Hometalk | Posted 10.12.2014 | HuffPost Home
Hometalk

You can catch the plumbing problem before it becomes a crisis, by following the maintenance tips below provided by Jeff and other plumbing nightmare survivors.

Honor Your Elimination

Miriam Ava | Posted 10.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Miriam Ava

Every princess pees and poops several times every day, if her digestive tract is healthy. So why are we being uptight about our needs? Society and ...

Japan's Dirty Secret: Pit Toilets

Amy Chavez | Posted 09.23.2014 | HuffPost Home
Amy Chavez

Despite Japan's reputation for high tech toilets and washlets, and the announcement of a Toilenniale (toilet-themed art festival) to open in Oita prefecture in 2015, a surprising number of households in Japan still have the old-style Japanese "pit toilets."

Poop-Eating Worm

Claire Bernard | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
Claire Bernard

Oxfam is testing the Tiger Worm Toilets, aka the poop-eating worm toilets, with several West Point residents. But judging from the smell, the construction of a toilet wasn't working well enough to keep the community healthy.

Kate Sheppard

House Republicans Protect America From Efficient Light Bulbs, Low-Flow Toilets

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Republican-led House of Representatives passed the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act on Thursday ...

Demand of the Hour: Build Toilets, Not Temples or Mosques

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

While the stories vary slightly, the bottom line is the same: Women are targets. Why? Caste, class and poverty among women rob them of their rights and deprive them of protection.

When Women Are Dying to Go to the Toilet, We Can't Just Do Nothing

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Sanjay Wijesekera

Diarrhoeal diseases linked to fecal contamination kill 1,400 children a day. Another 162 million children worldwide are stunted -- they are undersized and may have developmental delays -- with the lack of adequate sanitation, water and hygiene being a contributing factor.

3 Men Confess To Gang Rape, Murder Of 2 Indian Teens

AP | BISWAJEET BANERJEE | Posted 06.02.2014 | World

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Three men have confessed to the gang rape and slaying of two teenage girls who were found hanging from a tree in northern Indi...

5 of the World's Craziest Toilet-themed Restaurants

Thrillist | Posted 07.09.2014 | Travel
Thrillist

Whether you've got a Freudian fixation, an affinity for potty humor, or just enjoy eating Chinese food out of a bidet, here are five restaurants where the theme is lav-chic, the dress code's pants-down, and the chairs are -- you guessed it -- old toilets. Ummm... bon appétit!

Sanitation And Water For All -- Because We Must

Sanjay Wijesekera | Posted 06.01.2014 | Impact
Sanjay Wijesekera

'Sanitation and water for all' is more than a title. It is a goal that is both morally right and unquestionably necessary.

This 65-Year-Old Man Has Built More Than 200 Toilets For Those In Need

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.28.2014 | Impact

Kathirvel is a 65-year-old man from India who is determined to make a difference in his golden years. Instead of spending retirement with his feet ...